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Save the Ocean

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From exciting and adventurous to educational and captivating, Bethany Stahl's immersive stories express heartfelt messages while engaging parents and children. With beautiful and charming illustrations, as well as a lovable sea turtle named Agwe, this is a book adults will love reading over and over again with their kids. Save the Ocean has a heartwarming lesson of recycling and conservation that will stay with the reader for a lifetime. There are even bonus pages with sketches from the renowned illustrator Bethany Stahl, a collection of astonishing Ocean Facts, a fun and interactive Search and Find game, as well as an author page that shares the real-life adventures of the author and her efforts to Save the Ocean who even received a Certificate of Recognition from Dr. Jane Goodall! You won't want to miss inspiring your precious little one with this brilliant ocean tale. This is the first book in the Save the Earth series.

34 pages, Kindle Edition

Published April 22, 2019

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Bethany Stahl

21 books19 followers
Bethany Stahl is an award-winning, bestselling author of children’s fiction. Bethany’s books are known for their positive environmental messages and relatable characters.

If you want to know when Bethany’s next book will come out, please visit her website at
http://www.bethanystahl.com, where you can sign up to receive an email when she has her
next release.

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Profile Image for Montzalee Wittmann.
4,605 reviews2,309 followers
May 16, 2020
Great message!

Save the Ocean by Bethany Stahl has a great message and is very colorful. Story is about a green sea turtle and plastic in the ocean. Envoys everyone to help keep the ocean clean.
Profile Image for Hákon Gunnarsson.
Author 27 books134 followers
September 28, 2020
The mermaid Kaleisha is having fun with her friend Agwe who is a turtle. Agwe tries to eat a jelly fish, but it turns out to not to be as good as usually.

It’s a nice children’s book dealing with pollution. Of course it is a little didactic, but it’s not that heavy handed. In fact, I think it takes an environmental problem, the plastic bag pollution in the oceans, and show what the result of it is, and what to do about it.

It is the first in a series called Save the Earth, which I think is getting off to a good start with this one. Simply put, it is a nice book to introduce this problem to children with out making it too scary. Nicely illustrated too.
Profile Image for Donna Boock.
Author 5 books2 followers
May 3, 2019
Sea turtles, mermaids and a good message!

The art is delightful in this interactive picture book about how we can all be better to improve our oceans and the impact we make on our world. I especially love the places for interactive learning where the children can think and talk about little changes we can make to improve the heath of our sea creatures. Summer is coming up, and this would be a great book to pack on your trip and start the conversation while looking at some truly gorgeous artwork within!
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1,577 reviews1,844 followers
February 12, 2021
A nice and simple story with a great lesson on how to save the oceans. It focusses on the importance of the three Rs: Recycle, Reduce and Reuse. The cute illustrations match the story perfectly. The book also has some activities at the end to keep the little ones engrossed. Worth a read for sure.

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Profile Image for Tamara Rittershaus.
Author 20 books8 followers
May 4, 2019
Lovely story with a powerful message

Trash in the ocean breaks my heart. This book give a powerful message of conservation by connecting the child to the ocean characters. I wish I could afford to buy this book for every child in my ocean-front city.
Profile Image for Shaye Miller.
1,236 reviews80 followers
May 18, 2020
The Kindle edition of this little picture book was on sale this week, so I picked up a copy. It's the story of a young mermaid named Kaleisha and a sea turtle named Agwe. Agwe accidentally eats a plastic bag when it looks too much like a jellyfish. When Kaleisha saves him, it is evident that we need to work harder to keep the oceans clean. The artwork appears to be rendered digitally.

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Profile Image for Lisa Ferland.
Author 12 books7 followers
June 14, 2019
A great message for the family

This book explains how we can all reduce, reuse, and recycle our belongings to reduce the trash in the oceans. Beautiful illustrations and a great message for kids to easily understand.
Profile Image for Jennifer Aicher.
Author 21 books3 followers
May 19, 2019
Cute environmental theme!

Well written and concise tale explaining the perils turtles face in the oceans. Quite lovely. Will look for her other books!
Profile Image for Paula.
13 reviews3 followers
May 26, 2020
Beautiful illustrations

This well illustrated book is bright and cheerful even though it exemplifies the urgent need to clean our planet, especially the oceans. The green sea turtle accidentally eats a plastic bag, mistaking it for a jellyfish. Thankfully he is saved by his dear friend, but not all sea turtles are so lucky. This book is a good way to start teaching environmental conservation at a young age. If I taught elementary instead of high school, I would definitely read it to my students. (I bet some high schoolers would like it too, even if they might not admit it. 😉)
Profile Image for Paula.
132 reviews1 follower
May 27, 2020
Save the Ocean (Save the Earth Book 1)

Thanks so very much Ms Sthal for such a wonderful and well illustrated book. My granddaughter and I enjoyed it very much and also the facts about the other kinds of turtles and sea creatures. We enjoyed it immensely and we will diffidently make this a reread. I would recommend this educational book to parents who like to read bedtimes books to their children/grandchildren with educational information that they could researched facts the next day for further educational studies
I gave this book five stars just because we enjoyed it and we can research other facts.

December 23, 2019
Get this book!

Get this book when you can! Hands down the best book ever! My niece enjoyed it! I enjoyed it too.
136 reviews
May 13, 2020
Very good book

This is a very good, very educational book for children and for adults. Recommend reading to all children. I learned something and I am very into recycling.
Profile Image for Rosemary  Yoboby.
3 reviews2 followers
May 19, 2020
Good lesson

Teaches the children that the world around them gets hurt, in this book is the ocean, by our poor choices and if recycle we make a different and save little creatures
Profile Image for Crystal Tan.
1 review
May 16, 2020
Simple and educative

Simple comic book that is short enough while being educative, suitable for kids. Given that it is free (at the time I got it), why not get it for little ones
99 reviews1 follower
May 18, 2020

It was free to me, but a very good read, and a great lesson on seas life and plastic pollution
Profile Image for Giulietta Spudich.
Author 16 books114 followers
April 13, 2020
A beautiful and important story. The illustrations were enchanting. Both the problem and the solution are presented, leaving us with a message of hope. Loved it!
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January 28, 2022
This book was idealistic to read. I enjoyed seeing the illustrations. Thought it was great to see and read a book about recycling and being able to help children learn how to help the earth and the environment along with the ocean in a kid friendly manner.
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8,350 reviews148 followers
February 25, 2020
Save the Ocean (Save the Earth Book 1) by Bethany Stahl
Children's colorful book about our ocean. A young mermaid is very deep in the ocean of beautiful creatures.
So many creatures are recognized and pointed out.
She thinks she sees jelly fish but they are really plastic bags and she gets upset.
Other creatures think they are food and try to eat the bags.
Reduce, reuse, recycle are the thoughts to take away from this read.
Fun games at the end search and find and also ocean facts.About the author is included at the end.
Cool hidden starfish are hidden!
Profile Image for Melissa Spencer.
Author 22 books3 followers
October 19, 2019

I love the message of this lovely book. It is a real delight to read, and the pictures are adorable.
7,502 reviews28 followers
May 13, 2020
Beautiful illustrations. but the text didn't connect well. The recycling/save the ocean message was there but no real suggestions were presented.
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2,592 reviews38 followers
May 13, 2020
An Amazon Kindle edition of this picture book was available through BookBub for free. I'm not sure how long the book is available at that price, but the other books in the series are available for $2.99 each on Amazon, so still pretty affordable. This is a cute picture book featuring a mermaid, Kaleisha, and her friend, a green sea turtle named Agwe. These two friends have a great story to tell about the importance of keeping the oceans clean, so that sea creatures aren't harmed. Agwe is feasting on some jellyfish, when he accidently ingests a plastic bag. Kaleisha helps him out, but then the two decide to learn about ways to make sure that sort of thing doesn't happen to other animals. The main message of the book is recycle plastic bags and encourage people to use reusable bags as much as possible. This book, especially if it's still free, would be nice to use as an extension of science lessons on ocean environments and ways to protect the planet. It's definitely worth checking out with kiddos that are learning from home. There's also an animated audio version of this book on YouTube (https://youtu.be/i1_37YGzXrc), but the animated story doesn't have the words/text included, so you may want to read the book first and then use the audio version as a helpful read along.
Profile Image for Tony Parsons.
4,156 reviews79 followers
September 30, 2020
Agwe (sea turtle) was headed to find some jellyfish & invited Kleisha (mermaid) to come along.
Agwe was eating & started choking.
Kleisha had to figure out what was wrong with him.
Lots of plastic bags.
How can you help clean up the contaminated environment &the water?

I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers &
authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one.

An awesome book cover, great hand-drawn colored pictures, charming illustrations & proper font & writing style. A very professionally written children’s (preschool/elementary age) fantasy storybook. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters, settings, etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s fantasy movie, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is an extremely easy rating of 5 stars.

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Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

Profile Image for Toi Thomas.
Author 16 books73 followers
June 2, 2020
This is a cute conservation story about a mermaid and her turtle friend, Agwe, trying to eat some jellyfish and encountering plastic bags instead. Kaleisha, the mermaid, breaks the fourth wall to ask the reader to help clean up the ocean by using the 3R's (as taught in school) to reduce, reuse, recycle.

While the book is cute, the illustrations are bright and inviting, the read-aloud video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1_37..., is what really sells this story.

I think the message of this book would be more profound if Kaleisha and Agwe could have interacted with the land people and some images of people actually helping to clean the ocean were included. Still, overall, this is a light and fun read. There's a cute search and find activity at the end that really highlights the gorgeous illustrations.

For me, it was a plus to see a black mermaid. I liked that the color of the mermaid's skin had nothing to do with the story and message at all. That's just who she is.

Recommended for an adult who wants to start an environmental conversation with a kid or for any kids wanting to read something short and sweet for storytime.
Profile Image for Cynthia  Gutzwiller.
1,765 reviews15 followers
April 17, 2020
Our New Word for Agwe, Reuse!

There is an animated short on YouTube of this book. There are Ocean Facts in the back. I highly recommend this book. It is one of the best I have seen on saving the ocean and showing the impact on the animals that youngsters will understand.
Keisha. Mermaid, is going swimming through the ocean. Agwe, Turtle, wants to come along. Keisha grabs his shell and off they go. They find jellyfish and Agwe starts eating. Then Keisha sees that something is wrong with Agwe. What happened? What's wrong? You get the fun of listening/reading to find out.
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336 reviews26 followers
June 19, 2020
Part of the “Save the Earth” series I picked up. My students and I have begun learning about eco systems, conservation and human impact on the planet... so this of course was a natural fit. The gorgeous illustrations and cute story about a mermaid and her turtle friend resonated really well with my kids. This book has a clear message about protecting our oceans, recycling and making mindful decisions in our everyday life. Also featuring educational activities and facts, I must say this is really worth picking up.
Profile Image for Belle Brown.
206 reviews16 followers
February 26, 2020
Good effort to teach kids how to save our oceans

What really stands out in this book are the beautiful illustrations. My 3-yr old daughter really loved the turtle, the words are easy for her to understand and I loved the message. I just got confused when the mermaid suddenly talked to the land people. All in all, it was a good read with a big message for little people.
Profile Image for Tehila.
254 reviews2 followers
May 17, 2020
A big disappointment; but then most books that preach rather than teach are a waste of time.

The pity is, the illustrations were really nice, and the book started out with good potential. Ms Stahl could have shown how the sea creatures got together to clean up, and then how they got the land folks involved.

Don’t bother with this one.
32 reviews
May 21, 2020
It has a good message...

It is formalaic in style and is boring to read. If I didn't agree wholeheartedly with the message, I would not have given it a 3. It is written for kids, but the reality is that the young children may or may not trasfer the message to real life.

It could be so much better...
Profile Image for Sandra.
982 reviews31 followers
December 18, 2020
A sweet, much needed story for children to help them understand the importance of not throwing out plastic bags on or near any water areas, and the importance of using reusable bag to help prevent ocean creatures from choking on plastic.

This story has well-illustrated pictures, cute characters and is short and to the point which will keep the attention of children.
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